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obama compromise. even on the hot button public option but on afghanistan, the middle is a muddle. it's either fight the taliban with all we've got or clear out. making his mark. when the debate ends, will the health care fight mark a new american direction in social policy? will his call in afghanistan be a trumpet blast or a fog horn? the change of seasons. last november, the country bought the chase for change. we were the change we've been waiting for but this november, some say they're still waiting. can the obama white house ever be as good as his campaign? i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. katty kay covers washington for the british broadcasting corporation. howard fineman is senior washington correspondent at "newsweek." mary jordan covers politics at "the washington post." and mark whitaker is washington bureau chief for nbc news. first up, for president obama, this autumn may well the story of his first year and perhaps of his entire term. coming straight at a critical turning point from the two standout issues before the country. our future in afghanistan, and a cure
. so what is obama to do to keep his big coalition? does he leave his left on the war and health and side in the middle? how does he keep things together when things have changed? how does he dance with the ones that brought him if they're different dances? losing face, bowing to the emperor, getting his speech jammed in china, trying terrorists in new york. is barack obama showing the kind of weakness that gets dreams? trouble? i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. norah o'donnell is the chief correspondent for msnbc. anne kornblut, joe klein and david ignatius. first up president obama is facing three crushing diffulties, health care, the economy, and afghanistan. he is down to about 50% approval in the polls. that's completely due to his loss of independent voters. they have left him in droves. so for a president in need of support, what is the smart political move with independents on those three biggest issues? first let's take health care. since april, the president has lost independent voters on the key part of his agenda in big numbers. in april, just 25% of independen
of sentist democrats. president obama is pushing for health care reform at a time of great draket skittishness. this week the republican leadership was playing on hose worries. >> this bill is the greatest threat to freedom that i have seen in the 19 years i've been here in washington. chris: some of the moderate democrats certainly follow elections and they remember august town meetings. here's what louisiana democrat mary landrieu heard in her town hall. >> in this bill, h.r.-3200 and others similar tomato, it takes away our freedom. this is not about health care. this is about growing -- [applause] >> there is an appropriate time for appropriate government rules and regulations. audience: boo! chris: and no doubt democrat klara mccaskill, a sentist from move hasn't forgotten about the same kind of defiance at her hometown in sthrulls. -- st. louis. >> you don't trust snow chris: what's worrying the moderates right now is the loss of the independent voter. independents were the backbone of obama's sweep last year. in the recent nbc news poll, the overall support for obama was 52
the end of september. through this past wednesday, president obama has held nine major meetings onhe matr. while he has tossed and turned over the war, at least that decision is up to him alone. not so health care. democrats are caught in the great civil war on how to end that battle. nancy pelosi found a three-vote margin to pass the bill out of the house. there is no clear way to the 60 votes they need in the senate. all these months and no clear path to obama's prime goal for the year. mike, that's the question. how is he doing it? >> you get out the old recipe for passing unprecedented legislation, prayer, good luck charms, a visitation by bill clinton this week to rally the troops and old fashioned political muscle applied inside the democratic party to get this thing passed. it's a hard lift. lots of tests to come. the plan now is to get it through the senate by christmas so they can conference it possibly by state of the union. chris: did the president make a mistake by letting the congress over all these months, you do it, i'll cheerlead. was that a mistake? >> you look back at th
. >>> today, president obama formally ordered that about 30,000 more u.s. troops be sent to afghanistan. mr. obama spent much of dat the day briefing u.s. and foreign leaders about this and tomorrow he explains his decision to the american people. steve handelsman reports from capitol hill. >> reporter: after three months of reassessment, president obama issued his orders, to afghan commanding general mcchrystal and the national security team about 30,000 more u.s. forces to go to afghanistan over next 12 to 18 months. expensive, 30 billion more a year but a significant increase. >> 30,000 troops plus some allies. let's say 5,000. a hu jolt of energy to stan mcchrystal and the nato forces. >> reporter: their revised mission will be to pull out of remote combat bases, to secure afghan cities from the resurgent taliban and to train afghan government forces. many republicans like the plan. >> the mission is to degrade the ability of al qaeda to threaten the american people again. >> reporter: but many of president obama's own democrats are wary. >> we cannot try to do nation-building there. we
this way. >> i can hear you. >> the time for change has come. chris: obama's war. he didn't start it but he's got to finish it. how do we go in strong enough to win but agree we're going to leave? a constant war? what's it like for this president knowing he's destined to command two wars that will bleed one into the future? can he lead a domestic fight to push our country forward? with the daily news of soldiers dying? and finally, two running for number two? hillary has been more hawkish on the war, tougher on pakistan, warmer on israel and pushed back running for governor in 2010, what about v.p. in 2012. hi, i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. anne kornblut covers the white house for "the washington post." andrea mitchell is chief foreign affairs corresponde for nbc news and david i go flashese is a "washington post" -- david ignatius is a "washington post" columnist. is the president prepared to take fire from the left and right flanks at home? his decision has been months in the making and the president told nbc news he plans to make his announcement clear. >> i'm confident at the
they can win by getting the same person who recommended barack obama to the poll meanwhile, mcdonell is poised to become the first governor of the commonwealth since jim gilmore. new jersey will also choose its governor. president obama hit the campaign trail and he campaigned for john corzine. he's in a tough re-election race. he's come under fire for the way he handled the state's finances. at a rally in camden, obama told the crowd that this could be blamed on corzine's opponent. >>> police are trying to find a gunman who opened fire in the middle of a crowded halloween party in howard county killing one man. the 19 year old, aaron bryce of silver spring was killed in columbia. a second man was also shot. his relatives say he's paralyzed. officers found about 100 people in the house when they arrived shortly after 1:15 a.m. bryce died at the scene. >> he was a fine young man. never gave anybody a problem. he had a nice personality. and people loved him. you know? and you never heard him complain about having any conflicts in school with anybody. and he liked people. >> autho
about his future. president obama at george washington enjoying his favorite treat, c >>> a memorial service was held for a university of virginia medical student who died while exploring a cave in utah. john jones was trapped head first and upside down for 28 hours. he died thanksgiving day. then his family had to make an agonizing decision. instead of risking the lives of rescuers again they chose to leave jones' body where it is, in the cave. >> it will serve as the final resting place for john edward jones. >> some feel like they have failed our famil we know they have done everything in their means possible to save our brother. >> the cave's entrance will be sealed and a marker placed out front. jones was in utah visiting family with his wife and baby daughter. >>> a 106-year-old alexandria woman who never thought she would live to see america's first black president was laid to rest today. we first met rachel tucker when she went to cast her vote for barack obama. >> so glad i was able to vote this year. 190 what? what year is it? >> 2008. >> 2008. and i'm still here. thank you
>>> this mornin on "early today," presidential pushback. president obama sendsadvisers back to the drawing board. >>> scores of sky dirs attempt reord-setting jump in calornia. >>>nd paying tribute. the nation honors merica bravest for their service and the nation honors merica bravest for their service and their sacrifice. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm christina brown. >>> today we begin with many options but no clear answer. senior administration officials say president obama plans to reject each of the possible scenarios laid out for a new american strategy in afghanistan. the president is pushing his national security team for more specifics on how, when and under what circumstances the u.s. will be able to turn over control to the afghan military. a key concern involves the credibility of president karzai's government, which is largely seen as corrupt, both inside and outside afghanistan. though the top u.s. commander there has called for at least 40,000 additional forces, the president wants to make clear tht the u.s. is
wars and the promise to cnge washington. what has mr. obama accomplished? joining us, new york times' columnist, david brooks, washington post columnist, e.j. dionne, msnbc's rachel maddow and ed gillespie. >>> and our "meet the press minute," 20 years ago the berlin wall is torn down. tom brokaw is the only journalist from a major news organization to broadcast those world changing events live. today he joins us from the very spot where the wall once stood. >>> but first, 13 dead and more than 30 injured after army psychiatrist major nadal kasan. investigators have concluded that the shooting rampage was not part of a terrorist plot. here this morning to talk about how this tragedy is affecting our troops, we are joined by the chief of staff, general george casey. general, welcome to "meet the press." i want to express my condolences for the fallen troops and their families this morning. >> tnk you very much. >> i want to ask you about the investigation, though i know you can't say very much. the key piece "the new york times" is reporting this morning was major hasin acting alone o
whether the couple interacted with president obama or india's prime minister, who was guest of honor. there was no threat of danger to the president, because the couple went through the same metal security checkpoints as other guests. >>> well, nbc news has learned new details ahead of president obama's upcoming announcement on the u.s.-led strategy in afghanistan. officials say the president has, in fact, come to a final decision on a number of additional troops that will be september to the country. until yesterday, aides said the president was still weighing his options. the military expects the number of added forces to come in around 30,000. as the president seeks to sell his strategy to a skeptical public, the white house says the u.s. will not be in afghanistan eight years from now. >>> for millions of americans, thanksgiving means a few simple things, family, food, and a famous parade. today marks the 83rd annual macy's thanksgiving day pare where music, marching and some giant balloons are getting ready to take off. nbc's michelle franzen joins us live in manhattan for a sne
her vote for barack obama. >> i was able to vote this year. 1901. what year is it? >> 2008. >> 2008 and i'm still here. thank you jesus. >> funeral services were held today. she died last weekend. when voting for obama, she remembered when there was a poll tax make k it difficult for blacks to vote. she was invited to an inaugural ball. >>> a man from west virginia trapped between a car and a building. also, star power. the obama's spent the afternoon at a local basketball game. we'll tell you why. tis the season for holiday tree shopping. veronica, what do you have? >> we are easily, easily going to top that. the warmest temperatures, the mildest day that we have seen in more than a week. >> coming up in sports, redskins running back is gidy about starting in philadelphia. the maryland seniors play their final game. gorge washington opened the season with five str >> the wrong time to miss. >> plenty of turkeys here. >> fun in the locker room. >> on the next redskins showtime. >> tonight at >>> finding the perfect christmas tree. it's a holiday tradition for many families. a county
. virginia and new jersey could both turn red today. both states voted obama last year, but today their democrats for governor are struggling. new jersey's jon corzine is trying to hold on to hisseat and tap the nearly 1/2 million new voters there who backed obama. he's neck and neck with republican chris christy. in virginia, bob mcdonald came from behind and had a double digit lead. democrats are walking a tight rope, trying to win obama supporters but distance himself. >> i'm my own guy. >> president obama campaigned for both democrats, but analysts say washington backlash could work against him. >> anti-tax, anti-big government message is the winning message for republicans in the obama era. >> reporter: democrats caught a break when the republican dropped out and endorsed the democrat against the conservative. and on maine's ballot deciding whether to roll back the same sex marriage law. and washington is watching these races very closely. in fact, the white house attributes voter frustration to the tens of millions of people out there, dan, who can't find a job. >> all right
. barack obama welcomes the india leader to the white house. >>> and then what could remove governor mark sanford from office. >>> and the hatch between the shuttle and space station close >>> right now, president obama is meeting with india's prime minister. the president and first lady, michelle obama, welcomed the prime minister and his wife with an arrival ceremony indoors. they went on the oval office after they met for a bilateral meeting. afterwards the two leaders were to hold a joint news conference. >>> and now to the war in afghanistan. we are learning the president plans to announce his new strategy early next week. president obama met with top advisors in a final major discussion before the announcement. robert gibbs says the president has all the infmation he wants and needs to make a decision. >>> brand-new details today about the suspect in the ft. hood massacre. nidal malik hasan will likely plead not guilty and use an insanity defense. he has been charged with 13 counts of premedicated murder. he remains ithe intensive care unit in the hospital. >>> and today legislators
was especially meaningful due to the tragic shootings this month. >> president obama had a quiet dinner at the white house. they hosted family members, close friends and white house staff. among the men knew, oysters, ham, macaroni and cheese and six kinds of pie. >>> a pair of uninvited guests. we are learning more of the northern virginia couple accused of crashing the party. they were among the 300 plus people in attendance. the secret service admits they were not on the guest list. >> once they made it into if white house tuesday night, they wasted no time posing with the vips, but the alleged security announced an investigation. a woman who was once one of his closest friends is not surpred of their attempt to get behind the scenes. >> i have seen different ways they get into places. to me, i found it was very disrespectful. i wasn't surprised. >> reporter: rachel, pictured here says they had a falling out last summer. he friend was intent on being chosen a one of the next "real housewives." >> she likes to be out there. she's very excited about wanting to be on the housewives show
, president obama arrived in japan. this was the president's first trip to asia as president. during his trip, he'll visit china, singapore and south korea. mr. obama and the japanese prime minister expected to discuss the marine base in okina as well as the climate and afghanistan. >> this morning the parents of the so-called balloon boy are expected to plead guilty. both richard and mayumi heene turned themselves in at a larimer county courthouse in colorado. both are expected to plead guilty to false reporting to authorities which is a misdemeanor. richard is also pleading guilty to felony charges of attempting to influence a public servant. according to reports, the plea deals will ensure that mayumi heene is not deported back to japan. to maryland now where federal authorities are trying to seize a mosque and a building rented by the islamic education center in rockville. it's part of a nationwide seizure of properties owned by alavi foundation. the government claims it's funneling money to a bank involved in iran's nuclear program. >>> in the district, two employees of the togo embassy
on the war in afghanistan is coming next week. president obama will announce his new strategy and just how many additional troops he wants to send to afghanistan. today he pledged to, quote, finish the job. it's only the beginning of a new debate over the now eight-year-long battle. steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: appearing with the prime minister of india, a key ally in the fight against islamic terrorism, president obama said what he will announce next week is a new strategy to win in afghanistan. >> it is my intention to finish the job. >> that's a shot aimed at dick cheney who is saying mr. obama is taking too long to decide. it's a slam of the whole bush team, and what mr. obama says were eight years in afghanistan without the right strategy or resources, allowing a toll ban comeback. the obama goal -- >> to make sure al qaeda and its extremist allies cannot operate effectively in those areas. >> reporter: after weeks of closed-door afghan planning sessions, the white house hints the president will send 30 to 35,000 more troops, fewer than stanley mcchrystal requested. a forme
. the victim had minor injuries. >>> could uncle sam b sure you are safe on metro. obama administration wants the federal government to take charge of the rails. and the white house says state agencies have not been doing a good job of oversight and cites the metro crash as an example. >>> dozens of people are waking up in kansas city after their flight out of town hit alock of birds. passengers on the flight you sought they were about to crash when the plane hit the birds. the plane landed safely, but one ma thez nau man onboard describethe scene. >> you could smell something burning, and the plane immediately started going down to the right like that. i think everybody in the plane thought we were going down. at least that's what i thought. >> fortunately, all of the 129 passengers and crew members were all right. the same cannot be said for the plane. frontier airlines says the plane was badly damaged. >>> president obama is vowing to have a new nuclear arms treaty by the end of the year. the current nuclear agreement between the two countries expires december 5th, and mr. obama says he is
reflect how people are feeling about president obama and the democrats now that they're in power or not. they could just be election results after all. the big races tonight are in new jersey and the commonwealth of virginia. and there are others. we begin tonight with our political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd. chuck, the polls have just closed in virginia. a whole bunch of people from washington to richmond and beyond waiting for those results. >> that's right. in our exit poll, we can tell you this, republican bob mcdonell is leading. but we're not ready, it's too early to call this race, but he is leading democrat creigh deeds. now, virginia, as you said, one of a handful of states where there are some elections today, and these are the first ones on president obama's watch. and while there's always a danger, as you pointed out, of reading too much into these local races, the greater danger for both political parties will be reading too little. voters went to the polls today in a handful of states, and even though president obama wasn't on the ballot, his
. >>> president obama is on his way to ft. hood where he will speak at a memorial service for those that lost their lives at the military post last week. more than 3,000 people are expected to be at the ceremony. kimberly suitors joins us now with more on that and the investigation into the shooting. good morning, kimberly. >> good morning, kimberly. president obama and mrs. obama is expected to be in mt. hood soon. and in the meantime, the fbi and federal investigators from the department of defense continue toÑi pore over hisy=u5qmet computers, and trying to explain why anybody would shoot over 100 rounds atxdxd the ÑiÑiserviceme women. >> reporter: in anticipation of a base-wide memorial service. the president and first lady will meet privately of the families of the fallen, and the wounded. a battle buddy survived. >> i said, no, you are not going to die. i prommice you will be okay. i will take care of you. >> scarred after 13 people were killed, and 29 injured in last week's mass shooting. the alleged shooter, major hasan is now awake but being advised not to talk by his attorney. wh
>>> dropping out. a dramatic day in afghanistan raising questions about president obama's next move. >>> back on the trail. the first big political test of the president in two key states. >>> new clues. what really happened inside the house of horrors in cleveland. tonight, we're learning more. >>> and running down a dream. and making history today at the >>> and running down a dream. and making history today at the new york city marathon. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, everyone. the obama administration, which has been engaged in deep soul-searching over the military mission in afghanistan, is embracing a controversial decision that leaving karzai as that nation's president. as expected today the man who opposed karzai for the job in a flawed and disputed election dropped out of the runoff contest. a development that moves the obama administration one step closer to a decision on whether to commit more american troops to a war that grows more difficult by the day. nbc's chief foreign course dents richard engel starts us off tonight with the latest
, even president obama spent hours lining up the votes to pass a plan to cover all americans. brian mohr is live on capitol hill. >> reporter: it is a dramatic fight to the wire. republicans just moments ago failed to stop a vote this evening. democrats are now moving forward on a final vote on this historic health care bill. it does come down to democratic support which is not necessarily guaranteed. passage of this sweeping $1 trillion house health care reform bill came down to a couple of hours of debate and a handful of votes, none of them republican. >> we will make history. >> reporter: the day began with president obama tveling to capitol hill to make sure democrats supported the bill. late in the evening it passed a key hurdle. >> the amendment is adopted. >> reporter: an i have an amendment at the desk banning government funded abortions. it was demanded by moderate democrats. publicans condemn the health care reform plan as a washington power grab. >> how bad does it have to get before we stop the out of control spending? >> reporter: republicans presented a counteroffer they s
>>> this morning on "early today," east meets west. president obama continues his asia trip with a historic visit to china. >>> more harm than good. millions could be affected by new concerns over two popular cholesterol drugs. >>> and sky high. a 95-year-old woman celebrates her birthday with a death-defying leap. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning, everyone. i'm dan kloeffler. >>> today we begin with a delicate diplomatic two-step. president obama is working his way through asia to strengthen american ties in that region, particularly with china. now, that's a country that the united states has new complicated, almost unprecedented economic ties. nevertheless, opening his first visit to that country, the president politely but firmly pressed for greater freedoms there, including unsensored access to the internet. nbc chief white house correspondent chuck todd is traveling with the president. he joins frus shanghai this morning. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, dan. you put it really well saying it was a polite lit
>>> this morning on "early today," shifting focus. president obama turns up the heat on the senate after the house narrowly passes a historic health care reform bill. >>> blast from he past. a landmark hotel in kentucky comes crashing down. >>> and foul play. a women's soccer player faces the music after some nasty moves on the field. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning, everyone. i'm dan kloeffler. >>> and today we begin with a second opinion. after narrowly passing the house on saturday, next it is the senate's turn to take up sweeping legislation that would reshape the nation's health care system. but with the so-called public option still facing some pretty tough debate, the prognosis for this plan is anything but clear. nbc's brian mooar reports. >> reporter: at the white house, president obama acknowledged his bigge political victory since taking office, the house passage of a sweeping health care reform bill. >> i know this was a courageous vote for many members of congress. >> the bill is passed. >> reporter: democrats won with just two
health care reform bill and they even got one republican on board and now president obama is vowing to finish the job and soon. >>> the fallen. the u.s. military releases the names of all 13 victims of the shooting rampage at ft. hood. today we'll talk with the family of a soldier whose story is touching so many. >>> you go, girl. >> this is unbelievable! >> she outraced all of the boys in an incredible come from behind win and is now in the running for horse of the year. "today," sunday, november 8th, 2009. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm lester holt. >>'m jenna wolfe. big news overnight, democrats in congress needed 218 votes to pass their $1.2 trillion version of health care reform and they got it. >> they got it. this is not over yet. they got the votes plus a little extra. it all came from a tough fight in which members of the house on both sides of the debate pulled out all of the stops. one republican congressman bringing a baby on the house floor to make his point. we'll bring you the la
of this home. >> what a magnificent place to visit. >>> president obama, a sight seer. he takes time to see the sights. you are watching "news4 midday." >>> welcome to "news4 midday." i am barbara harrison. >> and i am joe krebs. police have arrested a man in the murder of a 9-year-old boy. he stood at the door inside his columbia heights apartment on saturday night. tracee wilkins is live with this story. >> reporter: the mayor and the chief of police and the council member that represents this ward all had a press cference here. they had a candlelight vigil here, and the family who were in the community, the mayor says the chief of police was missing from the vigil because the police was working in the ward to get the guy. this brings up issues like security for buildings like this one. 26-year-old jose twinta was arreed. he is face k charges for first-degree murder. he would not call him a member, but called him an associate. they say he was responsible for a number of robberies in the neighborhood. the chief of police had this to y at this press conference. >> every hour they had been a
told family members moments before being executed. >>> plus tough choices facing president obama as the president gets ready to honor america's veterans. good morning and welcome to "news 4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> i'm barbara harrison. it's tuesday, november 11th, 2009. take a look outside. with very rain falling around the region right now. you can see it through the lens. meteorologist tom kierein in the studio with a look at the praft. >> wet and blustery for veterans day for all the events. it's wet all over the region. all the blue and green you see on the radar is rain. the green is where it's coming down harder. we'll had any y over .1 inch. the wider view showing more rain coming up out of the south, all associated with the remnants of tropical storm ida. and for the rest of the day, breezy and wet and temperatures gradually backing back into the 40s in the afternoon. looks like a wet night tonight, too, holding steady in the upper 40s through the evening. by dawn tomorrow looks like we'll have rain around, a lower chance of showers, mainly south and east of washington,
're reporting a small change which could also be an ominous development for the-year-old obama administration. republicans were elected governor last night in two important states. but other than preferring both candidates to the democrats were voters across the country last night trying to say something else? there is evidence of an angry electorate out the. and we begin here tonight with our political director and chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. hey, chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. you know, in the days leading up to this election the white house tried to downplay its significance. but when the results came in, the white house suddenly responded quickly, as if to say message received. more than any other issue the economy was what was in the front of voters' minds yesterday. >> right next door. 38. >> thank you. >> reporter: 85% of virginia voters and 90% of new jersey voters said that they were worried about the direction of the nation's economy. it's what propelled republicans bob mcdonnell and chris christie to their victories in both states. >> everyb
? >>> plus new outrage over the 9/11 trial in new york. >>> banking on china. president obama's first visit. tonight a new dynamic with the biggest holder of america debt. >>> page by page. sarah palin's new book and questions about what really happened behind the scenes on the campaign trail. >>> and something to croon about. he left his heart in san francisco, but tony bennett is making a difference back in the old nehborhood, in queens. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. we have learned tonight a u.s. government task force is shopping for potential locations here in the united states to house terror suspects from guantanamo bay. illinois officials said today a prison there is among those being considered to house detainees once gitmo is closed, likely sometime next year. all this comes just days after the obama administration announced it would try 9/11 suspects at a federal court here in new york. and that decision sparked a new round of outrage today, from among others the man who was mayor of new york at the time of the attacks. we have two reports startin
improving with the obama administration, but we still need toeep gog. >> a lot of it's transportation. i learned here seven years ago and roads here are terrible, but, again, the same old thing and paying the same old people to solve the same problem has not worked so far. >> polls show mcdonnell with a double digits lead over deeds. voters mayiterally be walking into their polling places with these campaign workers continuing to handing out literature and asking for support. >> people are cordial. they probably already made up their minds. >> reporter: both will end up in richmond to watch the results come in. back to you, all. >> there are many other races up for grabs today as well. virginians, will choose another lieutenant governor, and a new attorney general. all 100 seats in the house of delegates are up for election today. another election being watched closely is the governor's race in new jersey. president obama made five appearances in new jersey to make his case for jon corzine. he faces a toughhallenge from a former prosecutor, republican chris christie. a republican has not
throughout our broadcast. >>> in other news, president obama announced he will reveal his new strategy on the war in afghanistan. steve handelsman has more on this story from the white house. >> reporter: if as many here in washington expect, president obama when he announces this new plan next week, basically splits the difference between what many advisors asked him to do and sends about 30,000 more troops to afghanistan. some of the strongest objections will come from his own democrats. appearing from the prime minister of india, a key ally in the fight against islamic terrorism, president obama said what he will announce next week is a new strategy to win in afghanistan. >> it is my intention to finish the job. >> reporter: that is a shot aimed at dick cheney who is saying mr. obama is taking too long to decide. it's a slam of the whole bush team and what mr. obama says were eight years in afghanistan without the right strategy or resources. allowing the taliban comeback. the obama goal? >> to make sure al qaeda and its extremist allies cannot operate effectively in those areas. >>
. it would enforce those standards for each city's transit system. the obama administration has not come wup a price tag just yet. congress would have to approve the plan. the obama administration's decision to try 9/11 suspects in new york continues to spark security concerns. the alleged 9/11 master mind, khalid shaikh mohammed and four others will stand trial at a civilian court just blocks from ground zero. that means terror suspects will enjoy the same rights as many american accused of a crime. critics argue the trial should be open -- or pardon me. should happen before a military tribunal in guantanamo bay. they claim the plan puts manhattan at greater risk of retaliation from terrorists. >> families are going to have to relive every day the september 11th events. as this trial drags on and on and on it will be an absolutely sickening experience. >> this trial unnecessarily puts the entire city back in the cross hairs of al qaeda. >> some are also worried about a plachb to turn an illinois prison into a detention center that would house guantanamo bay detay knows. illinois governor pa
>>> this morning on "early today," decision time. president obama plansz to announce a strategy to, quote, finish the job in afghanistan. >>> mad rush. americans brace for one of the busiest travel times of the year. >>> great escape. a louisiana prisoner strolls out of jail after a guard leaves the a louisiana prisoner strolls out of jail after a guard leaves the doors unlocked. >> now here's a look at other stories making news early today >>> hello and good morning. i'm christina brown. today we begin with making his case. early next week, president obama is expected to announce his strategy for the u.s.-led war in afghanistan. although details are not yet public, the president is reinforcing a principal point. more than eight years into the war he intends to, quote, finish the job. after a series of top-level meetings, the president is said to be supporting a plan that over time would deploy 32,000 to 35,000 additional u.s. forces to the country. despite dwindling public support for the war, the president says he is confident americans will rally behind the new strategy. >>> wel
>>> this morning on "early today," nuclear punishment. president obama wraps up his asia tour with tough talk of sanctions against iran and in north korea. >>> rogue run-in. crowds flock to former governor's sarah palin first book sign sfwloingsigning. governor's sarah palin first book sign sfwloingsigning. >>> and blinding by the light. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm list theen that brown. today we begin with a spotlight on security. president obama stopped in south korea and turned his attention to trade and threats of nuclear proliferation. from north korea's atomic testing to iran's defines, president obama offered tough talk on the issues. chuck todd is traveling with the president and has the latest from the south korean capital. chuck? >> reporter: good morning from s seoul. this was easily the warmest welcome he received of any during this seven-day swing. the south koreans literally rolled out the red carpet. they discussed a couple of topics, namely, trade, as well as the north korean nuclear mission. president obama ann
a backlash as seen on this sign outside ft. hood, president obama in his internet address spoke about the value of diversity in the military. >> there are christians and muslims, jews and hindus, and nonbelievers thp they a er nonbelievers. they reflect the disveversity t make this is america. what they share is a patriotism. >> reporter: in the west bank hasan's uncle said the alleged shooter is a disappointment to his family. >> i'm glad his mother, she's not alive because otherwise i know what she would do. this is not her son. >> reporter: on behalf of hasan's family, his uncle apologized to the people of the united states. and now the white house says that president obama will come here to ft. hood on tuesday for a memorial service. lester? >> mark potter tonight. thank you. one of the wounded is a police officer who muss tered not only her skills but also her courage to put an end to the gunman's rampage. authorities say she was the first to fire on major hasan. nbc's janet shamlian now with a story of sergeant kimberly munley a fearless cop who many are calling a hero. >> repor
>>> this morning on "early today," far east diplomacy. president obama arrives in japan, kicking off his first tour of asia. >>> deflated reality. the colorado parents who orchestrated last month's balloon boy hoax prepare to face the music. >>> and unnecessary roughness. a michigan police officer ends up in hot water after he is seen a michigan police officer ends up in hot water after he is seen tasering a handcuffed suspect. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning, everyone. i'm dan kloeffler. >>> and today we begin with first stop, tokyo. president obama arrived in the japanese capital this morning to kick off a nine-day four-nation tour through asia. it follows a quick stopover in alaska. the president spoke to u.s. troops before turning his attention to a jam-packed international agenda. chuck todd joins us live from tokyo this morning. chuck, so, what is the agenda for the next couple days? >> reporter: well, as you said, dan, it is a jam-packed schedule. he's doing five stops in four countries. it starts here in tokyo, two days, meeting wi
handelsman, vbs news, virginia. >>> in his role as the military's top commander, president obama offered a somber salute yesterday to the victims of last week's massacre at ft. hood in texas. speaking to a crowd of thousands, the president led tribute to each of the fallen soldiers and spoke of what he called their legacy of service and dedication. >> we come together filled with sorrow for the 13 americans that we have lost. with gratitude for the lives that they led and with deteinatn to auhonor them through the work we carry on. >> the president then placed commander in chief's coin next to the photo of each victim. the so-called challenge coin is a military tradition meant to honor a soldier's achievement. >>> according to this morning's "new york times," former blackwater officials say executives at that mpany authorized cash bribes to iraqi officials. to quiet criticism of the private contractors's heavy-handed tactics. according to the report, approval for the estimated $1 million in payments followed a highly publicized incident in 2007 when blackwater guards were involved in a s
the obama administration wants to take over the regulations for subway and light rain systems. the crashes show that the states agencieies aren't doing a good enough job. >>> a new parking garage will open this morning at the station in northeast washington. the garage can hold up to 333 vehicles. it replaces a parking lot with the same number of spots. >>> we have a commuter alert for vre riders this morning. they will have full service this morning. fredericksburg line trays were supposed to be delayed this morning because of work. >>> we haven't been able to say this on a monday morning for a while, but the redskins won. they beat the broncos, 27-17. it was the first time this season they have scored more than 17 points. lindsey is going to show us what happened. >>> repaying all of the bailout billions. >> you think your credit card bills are high. >>> plus, learning more about sarah palin's new book. who is calling it, now, a work of fiction. >>> and seeking a higher power. >>> time for weather and traffic on the ones. now at 5:11, a clear sky. a little bit of fog in fed rick county.
after democrats swept to power on the coattails of president obama, yesterday voters gave republicans key victories in two races for governor. while the white house says this year's vote is not a referendum on the president, an emboldened gop is already setting its sights on next year's midterms. nbc's kristen dahlgren reports. >> reporter: the news was a disappointment for democrats. in the state where president obama won just last year and campaigned with democrat this election cycle. >> thank you. thank you. thank you, friends in virginia. >> reporter: it is republican bob mcdonnell who will be the next governor. >> tonight's eat victory is a clear sign that we, the people, are fed up with the obama/pelosi/mccain agenda. >> reporter: early in the day the white house rejected the notion he would be. >> i don't believe that local elections in virginia and new jersey pretend a lot about legislative success or political success in the future. i just don't. >> reporter: but political success was a definite struggle for the president's fellow democrats. usual democratic stronghold of new
of a planned runoff election on saturday. abdullah cited corruption. president obama called karzai to congratulate him. he says he told karzai that the u.s. will work closely with him but he expects to see better governance and a real effort to eradicate corruption. >> he assured me that he understood the importance of this moment, but as i indicated to him, the proof is not going to be in words, it's going to be in deeds. >> the election now decided, president obama can turn his full attention to a decision on troop levels in afghanistan. that decision is expected before the end of the month. >>> available supplies of the swine flu vaccine are increasing. federal health officials are saying that the vaccine has proven to be widely effective. clinical trials show just one dose offers protection for pregnant women, but children ten years and younger still need a second dose. 30 million h1n1 vaccine doses have been allocated to the united states. another 10 million are on the way this week. demand is still high. hundreds of people lined up for vaccination clinic at the mall in manass
that they will have the 218 votes needed for passage by saturday. nevertheless, president obama plans a rare visit to the house senate for last-minute lobbying. >>> in a move expected to complicate a frajic mideast peace please, mahmoud abbas says he will not seek reelection. while he says his mind is made up, some see it as a tactical ploy. >>> now here's a look at some other stories making news "early today" in america. >>> a natural gas pipeline exploded in texas, sending flames shooting high into the sky there. the inferno burned so hot, in fact, it melted the blinds on nearby buildings and destroyed one house. three people were treated for injuries. it took fire crews over four hours to control that blaze. >>> in miami, a coast guard cutter pulled into port with nine tons of cocaine worth a staggering $127 million. all 191 bales of that drug were captured over the last movement they came from four smuggling bus. >>> a chicago family was home when a chunk of ice fell from the sky crashing right through their roof. the mystery projectile shook the house, shattered ice all over the lawn. investi
obama is in singapore, the second stop on his first asian tour since taking office. the president and secretary of state hillary clinton are in asia to address a challenge, specially the global challenge and trade. earlier, mr. obama was in japan where he reached out to top business leaders promising an era of cooperation. >> the united states looks to strengthen all the alliances and build new partners with the nations of this region. >> mr. obama will head to south korea. demonstrators are already protesting against him and the war in afghanistan. >>> police releasing new information that that hope leads them to a missing college student. she's been missing more than a month now. >>> also, more long lines as w local parents try to protect their kids from the swine flu. we'll tell you about that. >>> good evening, ohio. that's bruce string steen. why that simple greeting got him in hot water with fans. chuck, what do you have? >> all the rain is gone. i have good news for the forecast. the details in a minute. >>> coming up in sports, an update on alex. virginia trying to keep
's handling of hasan's e-mails and president and mrs. obama head to texas tomorrow to take part in a memorial service for the ft. hood victims. jim, back to you. >> jackie bensen. thank you, jackie. >>> the supreme court today refused to block the execution of john allen muhammad. that means he will be put to death in less than 24 hours now. muhammad's lawyers argue that he is mentally ill and should not be put to death for terrorizing the washington area back in 2002. the supreme court did not comment on its refusal to stay the execution. for many, the execution tomorrow will end a dark chapter in the the d.c. area's history. a year after 9/11, the terror the city felt during the sniper attacks is difficult to describe now. lives were lost, routines were changed. things as simple as buying groceries or pumping gas were no longer simple tasks. but not everyone deeply impacted by muhammad and his actions will be watching tomorrow. christ gordon has our report. >> i saw a flash of light. heard a gigantic sound. a window exploded and shots came in and i was just being shot. >> reporter: restaura
this afternoon, president obama called pollin generous, committed and said he was proud to have abe pollin as a friend. >>> we know the details of the funeral for abe pollin. friday at 11:30 at the washington hebrew congregation located at 3935 mccomb street in northwest washington and it will be open to the public. >>> a local soldier who was killed in the shooting at ft. hood was laid to rest with full military honors today at arlington national cemetery. major caravejo w an army psychiatrist from woodbridge preparing to deploy to afghanistan when he was killed november 5th. he was 52 years old and is survived by his wife and five children. >>> there is a massive recall from the world's largest automaker to tell you about. toyota says it needs to replace the gas pedals in nearly 4 million of its cars and trucks. those gas pedals can get stuck causing sudden acceleration and sometimes deadly results. krislacken has the latest. >> reporter: a gas pedal like this one stuck in the floor mat caused alexiso reach speeds of 120 miles per hour. it slammed into an suv, launched off an embankment
obama is in japan this morning. one issue on his agenda, the future of u.s. military bases in that country. >>> and the november nor'easter causing pr if i had to sit on a bench during the middle of a game due to diabetes it would frustrate me. in a basketball game a couple minutes could mean a big momentum shift. my bayer meter is very important. (announcer) only bayer's contour meter has programmable personal high low settings. it allows me to be able to look at my highs and lows to make sure that my diabetes is being controlled as tightly as possible. with my bayer meter i don't miss valuable game time. i'm alana burns and staying in the game is my simple win. (announcer) the contour meter, only from bayer. >>> right now, time is running out to bury a korean war veteran. he was 83 when he died back in august. he is to be buried with full military honors this afternoon, but yesterday somebody sto an urn from the family's van. the urn was in a turquoise back. discharge papers are also missing along with the death certificate. his family offered a $1,000 reward if the ashes
obama's state difference last week. what does this breach sayed about it secret service and will criminal charges be filed against the couple? now congress wants t hear from the couple and the head of the secret service. tracie potts joins us live now from the white house with the latest. tracie, it got a little bit heated earlier today. >> reporter: yeah it did. a white house spokesman spoke out basically for the first time since this incident happened and was asked whether or not white house staff might be at fault. >> mr. and mrs. salahi. >> reporter: the reality tv wanna-bes who got into last week's white house dinner without being on the guest list have been on tv before. >> i would like to welcome all of you. >> reporter: featured three years ago in a report on their family vineyard. this thursday we may hear from them for the first time. michale and tareq salahi are invited to a congressional hearing with theed of the secret service. this is not time for political games or scapegoating. committee chairman benny thompson says in a statement "my confidence in the ma
confusing to my friends, hanging out with the obama administration or hanging out with sharpton. >>> with us this morning, education secretary arne duncan, former democratic presidential candidate reverend al sharpton and former house speaker newt gingrich. >>> no the "meet the press" president as president obama lands in china this morning we look back to 1976 when george h.w. bush tries to explain a controversial chinese invitation extended to an impeached rich ad nixon. >> we can argue and there's plenty of room for opinion and i have my own personal opinion which i don't plan to divulge to you about how i feel about it but i'm telling you how the chinese feel about it. >>> but first secretary of state hillary clinton is traveling in asia with president obama. i spoke to her hours ago from singapore. secretary clinton, welcome back to "meet the press." >> it's great to talk with you from singapore, david. thank you. >> let me begin by something that's very controversial back home, as you well know, the decision by the attorney general to transfer some of the high-profile prisoners from gu
obama ordered a review of all intelligence related to hasan, and whether it was properly shared, amid reports even years ago hissian's co-workers questioned his mental competence. the civilian officer is being credited with stopping the attack are sharing their stories. though it's still unclear whose shot brought hasan down, both are hailed as heroes. >> i put myself between him and the rest of the bystanders out ere. >> i was very surprised. i thank god to this day i wasn't hit. >> reporter: back on the army base where 13 lost their lives that day, walls that once symbolized security are now the site of a make shift memorial, as the community tries to move on. >> ft. hood has gotten its breath back and we continue to move forward. >> reporter: today's charges perhaps an important step in the justice system and the search for healing. kristen dahlgren, nbc news. >>> military officials have not said what further charges may be filed. one of the victims was pregnant and there is a provision in the military code that allows for an additional murder count for an unborn child. >>> there i
afghanistan, and john kra cower. >>> plus, an exclusive interview with the architect of the obama campaign. an inside look at how he reached the white house and nearly one year after the election he has fulfilled his promises. with us, author of "the audacity to win." cam payne manager david plouffe. >>> but first, the treasury secretary timmy geithner, welcome back to "meet the press." >> good to be here. >> good economic news. the economy grew a little in the third quarter has people thinking things are better yet the market on friday dropped pretty sharply. does wall street think the recession is over? >> i think it is a good number. it was -- the growth was broad-based. it was investment, exports, consumption, housing for the first time, and it shows that just five months after the president came into office we got growth restarted, but it is just the beginning and we have a ways to go. unemployment is high and still rising. this is a very tough economy, still, for a huge numbers of american businesses, so we have a ways to go, david. >> do you think the recession is over? >> that's th
dramatically, as well. while virginia voters surged for barack obama last year, now some are turning to the republican ticket and bob mcdonnell to send a message. >> i had to go straight republican today. >> why is that? >> i want to show obama virginia can goat republicans and we don't like his programs. >> reporter: some democratic voters took a different view to the polls. they say president obama's support of democrat creigh deeds helped them win their vote. >> i believe creigh deeds could get this job done. obama completely supports him. yes, i do believe. >> reporter: for the governor's race, i think the main things i'm interested in, we are seeing a forward direction in in country that started with the presidential election. we are recently moved to this state virginia, and i'm interested in seeing those forward directions change, continue to change. >> with preelection polls giving mcdonnell a double-digit lead, republican leading voters have high hopes this will reverse a string of statewide defeat that began with mark warner's election in 2001. >> i'm excited. i hope we hav
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